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Where all things beautiful collide

With the premier this past Friday, I wanted to share some inspiration from The Great Gatsby, with amazing costumes and Deco-inspired sets to drool over!  First of all, you have a film by Baz Luhrmann.  Secondly, you have set designs by his wife Catherine Martin, and costumes also by Martin, in collaboration with Miuccia Prada, jewelry by Tiffany & Co., and the men’s suits by Brooks Brothers.  Thirdly, you have the gorgeous Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, and dapper Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby himself.  I have yet to see the film and know it is receiving mixed reviews, but regardless of that, there is plenty to love!  Just thinking about it inspires a lot of thoughts, which are a bit random, and I will explain, so be patient with me…

Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan

Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan

Prada spring 2010

Prada spring 2010

Miuccia Prada brought a touch of collections past to the 20’s flapper-style costumes she and Martin created for Gatsby.

Daisy and the men of 'Gatsby'

Daisy and the men of Gatsby

Tiffany & Co. for The Great Gatsby

Tiffany & Co. for The Great Gatsby

If you loved the Deco jewels that Mulligan/Buchanan wore, they can be yours!  Get yourself to Tiffany’s!!

Mulligan on the May 2013 cover of Vogue

Mulligan on the May 2013 cover of Vogue

Vogue, May 2013

Vogue, May 2013

Carey Mulligan wears Oscar de la Renta (top), and Miu Miu (above) in the May 2013 issue of Vogue, photographed by Mario Testino.

the costumes

the costumes

the (costume) jewels

the (costume) jewels

all the Gatsby looks

all the Gatsby looks

An event in NYC this month showed the onscreen costumes off-screen!

the sketches

the sketches

The sketches are just as magical!

Daisy and Gatsby

Daisy and Gatsby

Gatsby and Daisy have a moment alone in this scene from the film.

Daisy among the flowers

Daisy among the flowers

How pretty is Carey as Daisy?!

Carey Mulligan in Victoria Beckham

Carey Mulligan in Victoria Beckham

Mulligan recently attended a Tiffany & Co. event in Rockefeller Center in NYC, which is perfect considering her character Daisy was dripping in their jewels.  I love that she wore this modern tuxedo by Victoria Beckham, instead of continuing Daisy’s Deco look.

table by Mrs. Harding Lawrence

table by Mrs. Harding Lawrence for Tiffany & Co.

I’m feeling like the stars have aligned in many ways with the debut of Gatsby.  Stay with me as I explain.  First, Tiffany & Co. collaborated on the jewelry for The Great Gatsby.  My idol Billy Baldwin supposedly did some design work with Tiffany’s and designed for Mrs. Harding Lawrence, who collaborated with Tiffany’s as well.  Baldwin and Lawrence used Bielecky Brothers cane furniture that was made famous by Baldwin and Van Day Truex in their own spaces.  Bielecky Brothers continues to make beautiful cane furniture that I’ve envisioned for many spaces.  Tiffany & Co. is one of my dream projects, in which I would bring this furniture back among other pieces and materials, like terrazzo floors, and Chinese pewter-leaf wallpaper.  Make sense?

Billy Baldwin

Billy Baldwin

Bielecky Brothers chair

Bielecky Brothers chair

room by Van Day Truex

room by Van Day Truex

Bielecky cane tables

Bielecky cane tables

I absolutely covet the cane furniture by Bielecky Brothers!  It was gorgeous in the mid-20th-century, and it is still fresh and modern today.

dining room by Jeffrey Bilhuber

dining room by Jeffrey Bilhuber

This New York City breakfast room by Jeffrey Bilhuber illustrates a lot of my thoughts for my version of the iconic Tiffany & Co. boutiques.  Pewter-leaf wallpaper is lustrous and would reflect the jewelry of designers like Elsa Peretti and Jean Schlumberger, as well as Tiffany classics.  I would easily use the modern light by Modulighter for its simple yet sculptural quality.  The klismos chairs are upholstered, just by chance, in a ‘Tiffany blue’ leather.

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

Designer Miles Redd appears as if he lived in the Gatsby-era, and his chic interiors also speak to a time where glamour, and the speakeasy, reigned supreme.  His mirror-clad bathroom is a perfect example.

room by Miles Redd

room by Miles Redd

The palette of this space by Redd is especially ideal for a Tiffany & Co. boutique, with celadon vases filling a wall, and blue silk with a ruffled edge billowing at the window.  A teal blue leather screen has been studded with nailheads in the adjoining room.  That would make for a great design detail in “my” Tiffany’s boutique…doors perhaps??

sitting area in the Tiffany & Co. boutique

sitting area in the Tiffany & Co. boutique

Tiffany & Co. Soho

Tiffany & Co. Soho

The Tiffany’s shop in Soho is a stunning space, with all the sophistication of the original Tiffany & Co. boutique in New York City.  Art Deco details are prevalent, yet kept modern.  The famous Tiffany blue has also been well dispersed and used in various shades.

Tiffany & Co. Soho

Tiffany & Co. Soho

Tiffany & Co. Soho

Tiffany & Co. Soho

Glamourous lighting and stone-clad walls are right up to par with the chicness of Tiffany & Co., their jewelry, and Mr. Gatsby himself!

Tiffany & Co. Soho

Tiffany & Co. Soho

the dream box

the dream box

Treat yourself to a movie (Gatsby, of course), and perhaps something in a blue box with white ribbon!

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